Is advertising in major media getting too cheap? Each morning one of my first reads is my trusty New York Times “Today’s Headlines” e-newsletter. I rarely pay too much attention to the imbedded ads but they are typically for major, global, BtoB marketers. Today, I was appalled to see a “Hot Sarah Palin Calendar” ad.

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It saddens me to think that the economy has reduced one of the nation’s top, most respected newspapers to taking advertisers like this. Click through, and you are greeted with a picture of “Sexy Sarah” with a rifle on her shoulder on what looks like a low budget Web site. It might as well have been an ad for a “Girls Gone Wild” video.

I’ll remember not to pay attention to those ads in the future and continue relying on editorial for education and inspiration.

— Elin Nozewski